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Former Ravens linebacker Jarrett Johnson to retire

Former Ravens linebacker Jarrett Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL today. A hardworking player for the Ravens from 2003 through 2011, Johnson will be remembered as the epitome of Ravens' football.

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Former Raven Jarrett Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL today.

Drafted by Baltimore with the 109th overall pick in 2003 from Alabama, Johnson played for the Ravens until 2011 when he was wooed away with the chance to be a full time starter and make more money than the Ravens were offering. He ends his career with 506 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions. In 2010, Johnson was able to best Peter Boulware's franchise record for consecutive starts and ending with 129 straight regular season games.

Sadly for Johnson, his moving on from Baltimore came the year that the Ravens won the Super Bowl, missing his only chance to play and win the biggest game in professional sports. Often spoken of as an underrated player for the Ravens, Johnson was not the strongest or fastest player, but had the blue collar work ethic that many associate with the Ravens defense of that time. A classy guy off the field as well, he lived up to his Alabama and Florida roots by being an avid outdoorsman that was down to earth and much appreciated by the fans and other players for the Ravens and Chargers.

We all wish Johnson a great future and excellent health after a tough career.